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Police state? RVIPF conducts stop & search during rush hour

Two of the armed police officers doing stop and search in the area of Slaney, on the main island of Tortola, today, May 3, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many residents have called for more police patrols to help fight crime in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Many residents have called for more police patrols to help fight crime in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
SLANEY, Tortola, VI- Many residents have called for more police officers on frequent patrols as another option to reducing crime in the Territory of less than 30,000 residents.

It was this morning, May 3, 2018 around rush hour, between 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M., three police officers with big guns were observed doing stop and search in the area of Slaney, on the main island of Tortola.

It is unclear whether they were working on intelligence, looking for someone specific, or on just a routine exercise.

There is already an armed police unit operating in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF); however, not all police officers have access to guns.

It is not known if the stop and search operations are extended to the sister islands.

20 Responses to “Police state? RVIPF conducts stop & search during rush hour”

  • ... (03/05/2018, 13:33) Like (4) Dislike (31) Reply
    just a show off
    • NezRez (03/05/2018, 16:36) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
      How is this a show off? We’ve been asking for more police presence and action, so now we get it and you say show off. Where have you been living because we need more than this all over the island. Good to see you Officers and hope you catch the criminals big time.
      • Gumption.Official (04/05/2018, 08:14) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
        @NezRez I don’t get him or other people as well. We have issues we blame the police. We question where is the police ( police show up ) we angey.

        For years I keep seeing comments about we the British is coming the British is coming, when they arrive to help out post Irma is was an issue.

        Them been saying them need the British to take over cause our government to corrupt, now the British about to run things and were complaining.

        We want help and assistance and when we do we complain. People have to realize that a police greatest assistance will be the communication of a working community.
    • Di Quad (04/05/2018, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not showing off much as the photo is so poor you can't even see who they are. Might as well be a couple of guys in black clothes hanging about in the road.
  • wize up (03/05/2018, 13:37) Like (59) Dislike (1) Reply
    good thing and who vex let them stay vex: I personally rather be stop by the police than some young health jive turkey with his mask & gun!!!
  • ??? (03/05/2018, 13:47) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good stuff.
  • I welcome it (03/05/2018, 14:33) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only the people that is up to no good is going to b*\ch and complain about it. I look forward to it. RVIPF, keep on doing stop and search.
  • voter (03/05/2018, 14:33) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    Thank God all don't have guns
  • THINK! (03/05/2018, 14:57) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not sure why this action calls for “police state” being in the headline. The police are doing what the situation calls for.
    • wize up (03/05/2018, 18:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @THINK....looks like we now live in a BVI community were enforcement of given the laws is an issue: we have person or persons committing a series of crimes and the police is on the public roadway to assist enforce the law of the laws; the U.K. endeavoring to identify the sources of dirty money and some highly mortified.....let not become a lawless society for Heaven Save because out of that will come a police state
  • See (03/05/2018, 15:19) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank the lazy little punks for this . Good job police
  • RealTalk (03/05/2018, 17:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who it hurt it hurt patrol police dony mine the noise
  • ReX FeRal (03/05/2018, 18:37) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Immigration and Customs should be our there also. We need of take back our country now.
    • Treat (04/05/2018, 07:39) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      Who you give the country to?
      • wize up (04/05/2018, 11:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ treat: you got jokes so I hope you have the future of your children secured because how it looks some of us will have to suck salt : not all of we can book a flight
    • wize up (04/05/2018, 08:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Rex FeRal: I agree 100% even big America and United Kingdom trying to put their house in order while this territory appears to be free zone
  • Thanks (03/05/2018, 18:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I bet the criminals in that part of town was shaking like a leaf when they heard the big guns were out.
  • training (04/05/2018, 14:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need to be trained. I was pulled over, they looked inside my vehicle, asked me if I just got it and told me to go, didn't answer, just stared. Did not ask me for my license, insurance or nothing. My tongue is saved and sanctified!

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